Ursodiol is used to treat small gallstones in people who cannot have gallbladder surgery, and to prevent gallstones in overweight patients undergoing rapid weight loss. It is also used by physicians in the treatment of primary sclerosing cholangitis and other chronic disorders of the liver.
Before using Ursodiol discuss with your doctor what prescription and nonprescription medications you are taking, especially antacids that contain aluminum, cholestyramine (LoCHOLEST), clofibrate, colestipol (Colestid), medications that lower lipids, medications that contain estrogen (including birth control pills), and vitamins and herbal products.
During treatment of gallstones, you may have to take Ursodiol for some months, and not all gallstones may completely dissolve. Many people who use this medicine will develop gallstones again within 5 years after treatment. Discuss with your doctor about your specific risks for repeated gallstones.
Before taking Ursodiol tell your doctor if you:
- are allergic to any drugs
- have liver disease
- are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or breast-feeding
- are using antacids
Ursodiol Side Effects
Most severe: Diarrhea, severe stomach pains (especially in the upper right side), nausea, vomiting.
Most common: Stomach upset, loss of appetite, gas, headache, tiredness, trouble sleeping, dry or itchy skin, sweating, thinning of the hair, cough, runny nose, metal taste in the mouth, muscle pain, nervousness or depression.
This information is advisory only. It does not contain all information about this medication. If you have any questions about Ursodiol, ask your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.
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